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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center

 

State Bar Offices to Resume Onsite Operations: Limited onsite operations will resume on Monday, June 8. The Bar will continue to monitor national and local public health recommendations to ensure the safety of all staff, members and the public. We appreciate your continued understanding. Need to contact the Bar? Here's a list of resources.

 


As risks and uncertainties associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to increase, the State Bar of Arizona is committed to keeping its staff, members, and the public safe. The State Bar will actively track developments and public health recommendations regarding the outbreak and will adjust its operations accordingly.

Leadership will take the measures necessary to ensure the Bar will continue to operate and deliver the quality services our members and the public have come to expect. However, spread of the Coronavirus may require we adjust the way we interact with you.

Currently, State Bar offices in Phoenix and Tucson will maintain regular business hours. However, for the foreseeable future all meetings will be conducted via teleconference. In-person CLE offerings have been cancelled or postponed while online/webinar programs remain available.

We suggest you visit this page frequently to stay informed. Updates will be made in real time.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Important Updates

FROM THE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT

May 20, 2020, 10:50 a.m.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Brutinel today issued Administrative Order 2020-79 replacing AO 2020-75, re: Authorizing Limitation of Court Operations during a Public Health Emergency and transition to resumption of certain operations. All Arizona Courts and the office of the presiding disciplinary judge may begin transitioning to in-person proceedings on June 1, 2020 to the extent this can be safely accomplished.

April 24, 2020, 3:05 p.m.
Update: Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Brutinel today issued Administrative Order 2020-70 replacing AO 2020-60, re: Authorizing Limitation of Court Operations during a Public Health Emergency.

April 20, 2020, 3:45 p.m.
In an effort to assist the Arizona superior court with conducting business in a manner that reduces the risk associated with the current public health emergency, the Arizona Supreme Court has recently expanded the eFileAZ efiling application to accept electronic filings of subsequent documents in Criminal cases. This enhancement will be implemented in thirteen of Arizona's fifteen counties over the next couple of weeks. Maricopa and Pima counties will be supported at a later date. The electronic filing of subsequent documents into criminal cases will not be mandatory at this time. This enhancement was implemented to provide filing parties an alternative to mailing in paper or appearing in person at a court building. Register for an account in eFileAZ or view your training options. 

April 16, 2020, 4:39 p.m.
Update: Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-66 replacing Administrative Order 2020-65, re: Licensed Fiduciary's Obligation to Visit Ward.

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel today issued Administrative Order 2020-67, re: Authorizing a Modification of Court Rules During a Public Health Emergency. 

April 15, 2020, 2:54 p.m.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel today issued Administrative Order 2020-65, re: Licensed Fiduciary’s Obligation to Visit Ward. Whenever possible the licensed fiduciary must comply with the visitation requirement presently set forth ACJA §§ 7-303(D)(3)(c) and 7-202(J)(4). Upon good cause, the licensed fiduciary may use an alternative means of visitation in descending order of preference: live video conferencing; telephone calls; interviews with third party experts such as medical providers; or interviews with care providers.

April 7, 2020, 11 a.m.
The Arizona Supreme Court authorized the emergency adoption of court rule changes allowing law school students and recent graduates the limited ability to practice law in Arizona. Effective May 1, 2020, qualifying students and graduates may practice law under the supervision of an attorney licensed in Arizona. Read the news release and view pertinent links here.

April 6, 2010, 1:14 p.m.
The Arizona Supreme Court today issued a news release announcing statewide guidelines for parenting time of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view the guidelines here.

April 6, 2020, 11:49 a.m.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Brutinel issued Administrative Order 2020-60, replacing AO 2020-48. The order states that all in-person proceedings in all Arizona appellate, superior, justice and municipal courts and before the presiding disciplinary judge be avoided to the greatest extent possible consistent with core constitutional rights until further order of the Arizona Supreme Court. Read the order in its entirety.

April 3, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Brutinel issued an Administrative Order 2020-59 to authorize a modification of court rules during a public health emergency. Courts may accept for filing any of the documents identified under Rule 14(a) Rules of Family Law Procedure without notarization if they are accompanied by a photocopy of the filer's driver license or other government-issued identification card. Read the order.

March 31, 2020, 4:20 p.m.
Clarification: Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-48 replaced Administrative Order 2020-47 in part to clarify that time was not extended for filing documents. Time was extended for the courts to schedule or hold hearings. If a filing deadline was missed because of the confusion, practitioners should say so when they file with the court in individual cases. Administrative Order 2020-48 is online and may be further amended as the COVID-19 situation changes. The Court posts COVID-19-related information, including court announcements and Administrative Orders, at https://www.azcourts.gov/covid19.

March 20, 2020, 4:10 p.m.
The Arizona Supreme Court has issued three Administrative orders. AO 2020-49 extends the court staff interpreter credentialing deadline (affecting AOs 2016-02 and 2019-83); AO 2020-50 adopts new requirements for defensive driving live classes during a public health emergency; and AO 2020-51 authorizes a modification of Court Rules during a public health emergency. Stay up to date with court announcements and the AOC's updates here.

March 18, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel issued Administrative Order 2020-48 authorizing limitation of court operations during a public health emergency (replacing AO 2020-47). Stay up to date with court announcements and the AOC's updates here.

March 17, 2020, 11:17 a.m.
Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge issues Administrative Order 2020-01-PDJ that authorizes the filing of documents by email through March 31, 2020.

March 16, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel issued Administrative Order 2020-47 providing Arizona's courts and the public with direction on court operations in response to COVID-19. The Administrative Office of the Courts has created a COVID-19 information page. Stay up to date with the AOC's updates here.

March 13, 2020, 5:55 p.m.
Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts issues statement on COVID-19. Offers information regarding court operations, programs, jury service and hearings. Read full statement.

March 13, 2020, 12:52 p.m.
Arizona Supreme Court issues Administrative Order 2020-44. Judicial Review of Public Health Emergency Orders to Control Communicable or Infectious Diseases (Replacing Administrative Order No. 2020-41).

Arizona Supreme Court issues Administrative Order 2020-45. Suspension of Arizona Code of Judicial Administration Time Requirements Due to a Public Health Emergency (Replacing Administrative Order No. 2020-42).

 

FROM THE SUPERIOR COURTS

April 16, 2020, 11:18 a.m.
Virtual Town Hall about COVID-19 and its Impact on Family Court. Presiding Judge Bruce R. Cohen will discuss the changes with town hall participants on April 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. Register now.

April 7, 2020, 2:49 p.m.
The Arizona Supreme Court Clerk's Office remains open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic and your safety and the safety of our employees is a priority. If you have questions email the Clerk's office or visit their website.

April 1, 2020, 11:39 a.m.
Presiding Judge Welty entered Administrative Order No. 2020-055 which pertains to the RESTRICTING PHYSICAL ACCESS TO COURT FACILITIES DUE TO A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. Visit the Maricopa Superior Court's COVID-19 page for more information

March 26, 2020, 9:12 a.m.
Clerk of the Superior Court in Maricopa County announces measures to promote the safety, access and sustainability of essential public services during the declared public health emergency. The public can stay current about any adjustments to Clerk of Court services by visiting their Coronavirus Alert page on their website regularly.

March 23, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
Maricopa County Superior Court Presiding Judge Welty entered Administrative Order 2020-043 pertaining to the court's operations during COVID-19. You can stay up to date on court operations for the duration of the public health emergency here.

March 17, 2020, 12:38 p.m.
In response to the COVID-19 virus all judges at the Pima County Consolidated Court are waiving the defendant's appearance for all matters where they have attorney representation except for the following: Pleas and Sentencing.

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

April 8, 2020, 10:21 a.m.
An Executive Order has been issued by Gov. Ducey regarding virtual notarization. This measure is consistent with Remote Online Notarization, a law passed that allows signers and notaries to meet virtually that takes effect July 1, 2020. The Governor's Executive Order accelerates this timeline, giving Arizonans the opportunity to utilize virtual notarization starting April 10, 2020.

March 24, 2020, 2:44 p.m.
Governor Ducey today issued Executive Order 2020-14 delaying the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters impacted by COVID-19. The order applies to renters who are quarantining due to COVID-19 or are facing economic hardship as a result of the outbreak. It will remain in effect for 120 days. 

 

FROM THE STATE BAR

April 29, 2020, 4:10 p.m.
State Bar CEO Joel England announces extension of office closure through May 15. Operations will continue remotely. 

April 2, 2020, 2:45 p.m.
MCLE Deadline Extended: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Brutinel issued Administrative Order 2020-58 extending the State Bar of Arizona's 2019-2020 MCLE filing deadline to December 30, 2020. Members are encouraged to complete and file prior to the new deadline. Read the MCLE deadline extension FAQs for more information.

March 27, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
State Bar Offices Close, Work Continues: Bar leadership was informed that a staff member has tested positive with COVID-19. To ensure the safety of all staff, members and the public, our office will be closed through April 13 while a deep clean takes place. Bar operations will continue remotely. We appreciate your understanding. Questions? Give us a call at 602.340.7239.

March 20, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
The Pima County Bar has announced changes in its operations, updated its event/meeting schedules, and providing resources for members. Visit pimacountybar.org for updates and information.

The Pima County Juvenile Court Resource Center is temporarily closed, effective immediately. For Court legal form access please visit www.sc.pima.gov and navigate to the "Self-Service Forms" tab or http://www.pcjcc.pima.gov/ and navigate to the "Forms" tab.

March 16, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
The State Bar's Practice 2.0 is available to help with your practice management, particularly those arising during the Coronavirus pandemic. Consultations will be virtual and via phone. Call 602.340.7332 to schedule a consultation.

March 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
State Bar President Brian Y. Furuya issues statement to members via email informing them of Continuity of Operations Plan.

March 12, 2020, 5 p.m.
State Bar announces Continuity of Operations Plan. Will temporarily reduce onsite staff footprint for two weeks, beginning March 16. All meetings will be conducted via teleconference. Online/webinar CLE attendance encouraged. In-person CLE under review.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Meetings, Events & CLE

If a meeting or event you have registered for or confirmed to attend is listed below, a State Bar team member will contact you with further details or instructions.

Check back regularly for real-time updates on State Bar meetings and AZCLE®.


CANCELLED

  • July 12-15: CLE by the Sea - See you in 2021!

RESCHEDULED

  • June 19 (Original Date): CLE, 2020 Land Use Update - November 6
  • June 10-12 (Original Dates): 2020 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, Tucson - December 1-3
  • May 14 (Original Date): CLE, Civil Litigation in the Modern World - June 25
  • May 1 (Original Date): CLE, Arizona Creditor Debtor Law Symposium - October 8
  • April 24 (Original Date): Tucson Movie Club Presents "God Knows Where I Am" - June 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • April 23 (Original Date): CLE, Commercial Real Estate Practice Essentials Series: Litigation, Entitlements ... - September 29
  • April 22 (Original Date): CLE, Time Management, The Art of Being Productive... - October 13
  • April 16 (Original Date): CLE, Improve Your Practice Before State Agency Tribunals - September 9
  • April 10 (Original Date): CLE, Legal TV Tucson - August 28
  • March 31 (Original Date): CLE, TV Legal - August 19
  • March 23-27 (Original Dates): CLE, Destination CLE 2020 Big Island - New Dates: December 7-11, Questions? 505.453.6308

POSTPONED - Future Date(s) to be Determined
Visit the State Bar of Arizona's CLE Calendar for up-to-date program/course information.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Resources Links

Arizona COVID-19 Town Hall

Did you miss the one-hour Arizona COVID-19 Town Hall with Governor Doug Ducey? He updated viewers on Arizona's plan to tackle COVID-19 and answered media viewer and listener questions from around the State. Watch the town hall now.

 


Practice of Law During Pandemic

Arizona Supreme Court

Practice 2.0 Guide to Reopening During the Pandemic

Practice 2.0 Guide to Practicing During a Pandemic

Ethical Guidance for Lawyers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Small Business Administration

 


Member Benefit Providers

 


Public Health

Arizona Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

World Health Organization


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